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Antarctic Co-​​op: The Not So Sunny Side of Things
July 18, 2014
"This is a guest blog post by Eileen Sheehan, a bio­chem­istry stu­dent at North­eastern Uni­ver­sity who is on co-​​​​op at Palmer Sta­tion, Antarc­tica. She will pro­viding a series of guest blog posts about her co-​​​​op experience." - News@Northeastern
Highway of dreams for microbiologists
July 02, 2014
"Slava Epstein, a biology pro­fessor at North­eastern Uni­ver­sity, has ded­i­cated his career to coming up with alter­na­tive methods for cul­ti­vating bac­teria. His favorite strategy, so to speak, is to take the lab bench into the wild."–News@Northeastern Article by Angela Herring
Biochemistry Program Gets New Director
July 02, 2014
I am pleased to announce the appointment of Professor Phyllis Strauss as Interim Director of the Biochemistry Program. Phyllis will be replacing Associate Professor David Budil for the final year of his two year term as Director, so that he may increase his efforts in the Dean’s Office to develop the College’s research base.–Dean J. Murray Gibson, COS
ADC Postdoc Receives Prestigious Award
July 02, 2014
Brian Conlon, a Senior Scientist in Northeastern University’s Antimicrobial Discovery Center, received a Charles A. King Trust Postdoctoral Fellowship. The fellowship is two years with an award of $95,000.
The A-Capella-Singing Salamander Scientist
May 29, 2014
"Axolotl salamanders’ ability to regrow their limbs has been on scientists’ radar since 2006, and research on this phenomenon and the developments it could lead to in regenerative biology hasn’t slowed down since." –post for InSolution Research Blog at Northeastern University by Gwen Schanker, AMD’18, (Biology and Journalism Major) via Angela Herring
An Eye Toward Better Treatment
May 13, 2014
"Every two months, North­eastern bio­engi­neering grad­uate stu­dent David Walsh’s 91-​​year-​​old grand­mother goes to the doctor to receive a drug injec­tion into her eyes. She has wet age-​​related mac­ular degen­er­a­tion. There is no cure, only this inva­sive, recur­ring treatment." –News@Northeastern article by Angela Herring
A New Path to Curing Chronic Lyme Disease
April 10, 2014
"University Distinguished Professor of Biology Kim Lewis is an expert in the field of bacterial cell persistence, wherein dormant cells remain elusive to antibiotic onslaught and allow patients to remain symptomatic despite negative test results for decades." –News@Northeastern article by Angela Herring
Three Northeastern Students Named Goldwater Scholars
April 10, 2014
"Three North­eastern Uni­ver­sity students—Theo Bowe, S’16 [Biology Major], Tushar Swamy, E’15, and Greg Allan, E’16—have been selected to receive the pres­ti­gious Barry M. Gold­water Scholarship." –News@Northeastern article by Greg St. Martin
The Wonder of Human Movement
April 09, 2014
"Northeastern professor Dagmar Sternad received the 50th annual Robert D. Klein University Lecturer Award on Tuesday and discussed her interdisciplinary research on how the brain controls the human body." –News@Northeastern article by Angela Herring
Why bacteria are beautiful, and why we need them
March 25, 2014
"In a special event on Monday, Nobel Laureate and Northeastern Distinguished University Professor Sir Richard Roberts spoke of his love of bacteria." –News@Northeastern Article by Angela Herring
Animals, advertising, and entrepreneurship—it’s co-​​op on camera
February 26, 2014
Alexander Rickert, a biology major, won first place in the 2014 Coolest Co-op Video contest! "Rickert . . . trav­elled all the way to Hawaii for his co-​​op at Sea Life Park on the island of Oahu. He worked as an animal training intern at the edu­ca­tional and enter­tain­ment facility, learning how to com­mu­ni­cate with dol­phins and gaining insight into the marine animal training industry." –News@Northeastern article by Joe O’Connell
Students Find Life Calling Through Co-​​op
February 11, 2014
"The [Co-op Expo] event wel­comed nearly 300 stu­dents, fac­ulty, and staff. One of the atten­dees, freshman biology major Jenifer Obrige­witch, COS’18, noted that set­ting up your first co-​​op can be a rather daunting task. Luckily, she said, the expo helped her figure out how to con­nect with employers and 'how easy it is to do what­ever you want,' adding that the event 'helps you pic­ture how to actu­ally get it done.'"–News@Northeastern Article by Angela Herring
The Hunger Games of Genes and Microbes
February 06, 2014
"Assistant Professor of Biology, Yunrong Chai, discovered a new type of cellular mechanism that triggers biofilm formation without a dedicated sensor." –News@Northeastern article by Angela Herring
Northeastern Ranked America’s Greenest University
January 28, 2014
"North­eastern University’s long-​​standing com­mit­ment to sus­tain­ability has once again gar­nered global acclaim: In rank­ings released ear­lier this month, North­eastern placed third among 301 schools from 61 coun­tries in the Uni­ver­sity of Indonesia’s fourth annual Green­Metric Ranking of World Uni­ver­si­ties. North­eastern placed first among all Amer­ican uni­ver­si­ties in the rankings." –News@Northeastern Article by Jason Kornwitz
Nobel Laureate to Join Northeastern Faculty
January 23, 2014
"Sir Richard Roberts, a Nobel lau­reate and glob­ally rec­og­nized leader in genomics and mol­e­c­ular biology, has joined North­eastern Uni­ver­sity as a Dis­tin­guished Uni­ver­sity Pro­fessor in the Col­lege of Sci­ence."–News@Northeastern article by Angela Herring
Germline Stem Cells in Adult Mammalian Ovaries
January 21, 2014
Congratulations to Dr. Dori Woods and Prof. Jon Tilly on having a paper included in the recent Science Magazine special publication: Ten Critical Topics in Reproductive Medicine.
A serine sensor for multicellularity in a bacterium
December 17, 2013
Abstract of paper co-authored by Prof. Yunrong Chai published in eLife Lens; DOI:
Researchers Discover New Treatment to Cure the MRSA ‘Superbug’
November 13, 2013
"In a ground­breaking study pub­lished Wednesday in the journal Nature, Lewis’ team presents a novel approach to treat and elim­i­nate methi­cillin resis­tant staphy­lo­coccus aureus, or MRSA, a potent bac­terium whose resis­tance to antibi­otics has kept it one step ahead of researchers. That is, until now." - Angela Herring, News@Northeastern
Report Shows Northeastern Spinoffs Help Fuel Economic Growth
October 29, 2013
"Meta­m­ag­netics and two other North­eastern spinoff com­pa­nies—Novo­bi­otic Phar­ma­ceu­ti­cals and Akrivis Tech­nolo­gies—are high­lighted in a new national report released Tuesday by The Sci­ence Coali­tion, a non­profit, non­par­tisan orga­ni­za­tion of more than 50 of the nation’s leading public and pri­vate research uni­ver­si­ties including Northeastern." –Angela Herring, News@Northeastern
Ancient Bacteria Go Under the Lens
October 22, 2013
Angela Herring of News@Northeastern reports on a recent Publication in Nature of Prof. Jacqueline Piret and collaborators, including graduated Doctoral Candidate, Dr. Desislava Raytcheva.
Social Insects put the ‘I’ in team to fight disease
October 09, 2013
"Social insects such as ants, ter­mites, and some bees and wasps live in a sort of eternal “air­plane envi­ron­ment,” according Rebeca Rosen­gaus, an asso­ciate pro­fessor in Northeastern’s Depart­ment of Marine and Envi­ron­mental Sci­ences. That is, they live in con­fined quar­ters, sharing the same air, food, and even microbes for their entire lives." –Angela Herring, News@Northeastern
Genomic evidence for ameiotic evolution in the bdelloid rotifer Adineta vaga
July 21, 2013
A paper recently published in Nature to which Doctoral Degree Candidate, Bette Hecox-Lee, contributed.
Prof. Don Cheney Retires
June 11, 2013
Lego Robots Go for the Gold
May 17, 2013
A News at Northeastern Story by Angela Herring about the Neurobots Program and Co-founder, Biology Doctoral Candidate, Daniel Blustein.
Erin Cole, Biology Doctoral Student, receives the 2013 William L. and Ruth D. Nutting Termite Research Grant
May 13, 2013
Erin's grant proposal, entitled “Transgenerational Immunity in the Dampwood Termite Zooterompsis angusticollis” was considered novel and the Nutting Award Committee believed this research had "the greatest potential to make a substantive contribution to the elucidation of basic termite biology"
The 2013 NEU Biology Graduate Symposium
May 12, 2013
Thanks to all students and attendees for participating in our 2013 Graduate Symposium! Please click to read more about the results of the review and voting on the talks.
The Brakes of Inflammation
February 26, 2013
Prof. Michail Sitkovsky discusses immunotherapy of cancer and a recent article in the New England Journal of Medicine.
Researchers Transcend Boundaries for Science
February 19, 2013
The AAAS annual meeting included a session on pre­dicting human behavior that was hosted by Prof. Albert-​​László Barabási.
Complex Systems Made Simple
February 15, 2013
Prof. Barabasi discusses the recently published paper in the Pro­ceed­ings of the National Academy of Sci­ence that he co-authored with Angela Herring of News2Northeastern.
How to Start a Termite ‘Orgy’
February 11, 2013
Prof. Rebeca Rosengaus discusses termite colonies and behaviors with Angela Herring for a recent College of Science News Article.
ENEBC 2013
January 25, 2013
Biology will host the 71st Eastern New England Biology Conference!
A Picture is worth 1,000 Words
January 10, 2013
Professor Sternad uses a robotic machine to bounce a virtual ping pong ball.
The Salamander King
December 21, 2012
Pof. James Monaghan discusses his research with the genomes of axolotl salamanders, which seeks to iden­tify fac­tors that are required for regen­er­a­tion.
Using salamanders to study regeneration
November 09, 2012
Prof. James Monaghan discusses his work with Mexican axolotl salamanders in an effort to "to discover the cellular and genetic basis of tissue regeneration — findings that could have a huge impact on regenerative medicine."
Good at being bad
September 26, 2012
Prof. Veronica Godoy-Carter discusses an error-prone or repair DNA polymerase with Angela Herring for the INSolution Research Blog at Northeastern University.
New Clues to Unlocking the Genome
September 19, 2012
Prof. Veronica Godoy-Carter talked with News@Northeastern's Angela Herring about the assignment of bio­chem­ical func­tions by the Ency­clo­pedia of DNA Ele­ments (ENCODE) Con­sor­tium to non-coding areas of DNA.
Across the world, student gets glimpse into health research
August 29, 2012
David Glidden, a senior biology and com­puter sci­ence com­bined major, spent two months at the Navrongo Health Research Centre in Ghana during the summer of 2012. News @ Northeastern article.
Why a mosquito is more than just a summertime pest
July 25, 2012
Prof. Rebeca Rosengaus discusses mosquitos with Casey Bayer of News@Northeastern.
Manipulating the Microbiome
July 18, 2012
Prof. Slava Epstein is collaborating with Karen Nelson, director of the J. Craig Ventor Institute’s genomic med­i­cine group on an National Sci­ence Foun­da­tion-funded project to study microorganisms in the High Arctic of Greenland.
Congratulations to graduate student Jessica Weaver
July 16, 2012
Graduate Student Jessica Weaver wins an AFCEA (Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association International) Shrader Scholarship!
Collaborating to fight cancer with knowledge
June 08, 2012
Prof. Michail Sitkovsky is a collaborator with two Chemistry faculty members at Northeastern University and a Dana-Farber professor of medicine on a project that seeks to "develop[e] a new generation of cancer drugs that can be used in concert with cancer vaccination strategies." Northeastern News Article
Scouting for Novel Bacteria
May 25, 2012
Prof. Slava Epstein spoke with Angela Herring of News@Northeastern about a his recently published paper that presents a new theory for dormant bacteria and antibiotic resistance.
A new age for drug discovery
May 24, 2012
Prof. Kim Lewis discusses his May 24th Nature magazine essay “Recover the lost art of drug discovery” with Angela Herring for the iNSolution Research Blog at Northeastern University.
Antibiotics: Recover the lost art of drug discovery
May 24, 2012
"Bacterial evolution is overwhelming our antibiotic defences, says Kim Lewis. Using modern technology to replicate past success might tip the balance in our favour."
Megan Kassick, a 2012 Northeastern University Presidential Global Fellow
April 30, 2012
Megan Kassick, a 2012 graduate of the B.S. in Biology Program with a sociology minor, is designated as a 2012 Northeastern University Presidential Global Fellow.
Shradha Khadge wins a Harold D. Hodgkinson Award
April 30, 2012
Shradha Khadge, a 2012 graduate of the B.S. in Behavioral Neuroscience Program, wins a Harold D. Hodgkinson Award.
Lara Lewis receives the 2012 Northeastern University Graduate Community Service Award
April 30, 2012
Lara Lewis, Doctoral candidate in Biology, is awarded the 2012 Northeastern University Graduate Community Service Award.
Sample America
March 05, 2012
Dr. Anthony D'Onofrio, a post-doctoral researcher in the Antimicrobial Discovery Center, and Prof. Kim Lewis, Director of the Center, have started a non-profit educational organization called Sample America. Sample America gives middle and high school students the opportunity to participate in research with the goal of “…Educating the scientists of tomorrow while finding cures for the world today.”
Medical co-​​op delivers on student’s wish
April 20, 2011
Biology major Pritika Patel spoke with Jason Kornwitz of News@Northeastern about her experiential learning opportunity at a health clinic in Cape Town, South Africa.